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Hat-trick hero Bale reveals reason for improved Tottenham form

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Bale scored his first Tottenham hat-trick since 2012 to help steer the club to an impressive win over Sheffield United.

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Gareth Bale has claimed ‘when I’m happy I normally play well’ after scoring a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Sheffield United.

The Welshman rolled back the years on Sunday to steer Spurs to a crucial home victory. He pulled off three impressive finishes for his treble, leaving him with eight goals in his last eight Premier League appearances.

Bale’s performance on the night, in some ways, made a mockery of Jose Mourinho. The former Spurs boss underused the winger, even at full fitness, and only played him for 10 minutes in his last two games prior to his dismissal.

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Under Ryan Mason, however, it’s a different story. Bale has started twice, played 181 minutes, and scored four goals in the interim coach’s first three matches.

“I’m feeling good,” Bale told Sky Sports.

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“As I’ve said before, I just needed to play games and get a run of games and I’m doing that now, so I’m happy, and when I’m happy I normally play well.”

Son Heung-min scored the fourth and final goal of the match. The South Korean also set up Bale’s second goal, with Serge Aurier assisting the Real Madrid loanee’s other two goals.

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Spurs, who have won twice in three games under Mason, sit five points outside the top-four in fifth-place ahead of the final four Premier League matches of the season.

“It was a great performance by the team,” Bale remarked.

“From the first whistle I felt we were on the front foot and got control of it and played some good football. I feel like we are taking a step in the right direction and playing more like the Tottenham way.”

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He added: “Winning always makes everyone happy and gives a winning mentality to the dressing room.

“It’s not going to happen overnight, but I feel like we’re taking a step in the right direction.”